house #10 - natural anthem

Styling Leana Schoeman Photographs Elsa Young WHEN November 2012 ISSUE Summer WHERE Westcliff, Johannesburg WHAT A pared-down pavilion in steel, glass and natural stone, which appears to float above the ground in a serene forested setting, this is a dwelling that touches the earth lightly. Built on the steep ridge of one of Joburg’s oldest suburbs, it was designed by architect Georg van Gass with modernist legend Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Barcelona Pavilion in mind. Georg's brief was to make its glorious natural surrounds the ‘hero’ and maximise the sweeping views, which he achieved by creating open living areas and breezy wraparound timber decks. The effect of spaciousness belies the structure’s compact footprint. BY Gass Architecture Studios,